Les Surprises

Hand-colored engravings,

France

c. 1840

2 3/4” x 2 1/4” (card)

 

Twelve transparent cards, each accompanied by a small booklet,

in a decorated slipcover. A second image appears when each card

is held to a strong light. The set includes cards with a magic lantern show and a white shadow.

 

1065



Hand-colored lithographs

Germany

c. 1840

3 1/4" x 2 1/4"

 

A full set of hold-to-light playing cards with hidden erotic images.

 

3732





Bell's Teaching Cards

Colored lithographs

America

c. 1865

4" x 2 3/4"

 

Twenty-five playing cards, each illustrating an object that begins with that letter of the alphabet shown on the card, when held to a bright light. In the original case.

 

2746









SCENES FÉERIQUES

Colored lithographs

France

c. 1860

9 1/2" x 7"

 

Examples of six transparent views from the book, Scenes Féeriques(B588).

 

4642















Transparent Verwandlungsbilder

Theodor von Pichler

Colored lithograph on cover

Germany

c. 1880

13" x 10 1/4"

 

A portfolio, published by Gustav Weise, Stuttgart, containing six chromolithographic images of fairy tales including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. Each image when held to light transforms into another image. The portfolio is accompanied by a booklet describing the various fairy tales.

 

4437




Colored Lithograph

Japan

c. 1890

3" x 1 1/2"

 

Series of 16 hold-to-light images in the original slipcase.

 

2745